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Sunday, July 5th, 2009
12:12 pm
[griffincat]
Hi--I hope I am welcome to join
Does a custom-painted Roomba count as geek housekeeping?

Edit: As requested, here are the pictures. This is a 530.


Sunday, March 15th, 2009
5:42 pm
[onyxrising]
Okay. This is making an appearance at my next cocktail party. I can't think of anything better to chill a round of pan galactic gargle blasters with.
Friday, March 13th, 2009
10:21 pm
[onyxrising]
Among my current projects, I am attempting to find a pair of black curtains, and embroider them with a gold circuitry motif.

What projects has everyone else been up to?
Sunday, November 23rd, 2008
11:27 am
[onyxrising]
We're hosting game again today. Apparently, the tabletop games at our house have gotten disproportionately popular, due in part to the fact that we have an actual meal, which is not pizza or Mountain Dew. I wanted to post today's menu. It's pretty typical for us, and all told, will probably take me less than 30 minutes of prep work.

When the players arrive:

Pine smoked black tea This stuff is amazing. The players will actually turn down Mountain Dew for it. It's relatively high caffeine for tea, and has an amazing flavor. The price may seem steep, but like most high-grade Chinese teas, it's meant to be used for multiple steepings. I've found I can get four pots out of the same batch before it starts losing flavor.

Chocolate orange scones

Date Bars

Whatever other random tea snacks I find when I'm out shopping today


For Dinner:

Whole salt-roasted chicken stuffed with oyster mushrooms

Mashed purple Okinawan yams

Whatever random vegetable I pick up when I'm shopping today, steamed


I've found the big thing when cooking for game is to cut down on prep time. Anything that can be cooked by throwing it in an Asian-style steamer rack together is preferable. Mashed yams can actually be cooked in a steamer rack, right along side other vegetables. My prep time is probably slightly lower than it would be for other people- I'm a Cordon Bleu grad, so I have a lot of practice.
It's not that hard to break away from chips as the default finger food, though there is something to be said for good chips and guacamole. A good strong black tea has about the right amount of caffeine. White teas, and a lot of green teas, should be avoided due to how bitter they can be made by over steeping. Most Sundays I manage to throw out a pretty standard issue high tea assortment.
I know I'm not the only one out there doing non-pizza dinner with game. I started doing it after I began gaming with heron61, who is the most amazing home cook I've ever met.
Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008
10:20 am
[onyxrising]
Those here who do tabletop gaming- who has or serves a meal at games? Who does just finger food for the group?
Monday, October 20th, 2008
12:15 pm
[azurelunatic]
Power Cord Management
You know how you either cannot find the power cord for some device you haven't used in months, or have no idea which of 10 nearly-but-not-actually-identical black wall-warts belongs to the device? My solution involves a permanent marker at the time of purchase (or shortly thereafter), silver Sharpie by preference.

I write the device that this cord is for on the block in large, clear, letters. For named devices, I put their name on it; for all others, I put their model. I refresh the marking as needed, but it's pretty durable. This helps find the cord at need (either in a pile of cords, or "What am I supposed to unplug here!? They all look alike and I don't want to kill anything important!"), and helps with being able to toss the cord for a device that has just bit the dust.
10:26 am
[onyxrising]
We host game at my house (both our Dungeons and Dragons game, and the White Wolf game.) I normally put out tea and finger food when people arrive, and when it gets later in the evening, serve some kind of alcohol.
The problem with sticking alcohol in front of gamers is that they seem to chug anything put in front of them as if it were mountain dew. We don't want the victory run at the Gnoll's Knuckle tavern to be too realistic, after all. As a result, we switched to serving sake every week, and using actual sake cups- serving sake in the smaller glass seems to result in it being sipped rather than chugged. As a result, the gamers do not get smashed, and I don't have to hear too many, "I cast magic missle!" jokes.
Sake cups are about the size of shot glasses. My roommate and I were discussing getting some etching cream, and make a set of special shot glasses for sake and liqueurs during game. I'm having difficulty deciding what designs to etch onto them. Designs need to be something I can make a stencil of. Does anyone have any ideas?
Saturday, October 20th, 2007
1:33 pm
[onyxrising]
Has anyone tried seeing what temperature energy drinks freeze at?
One of the tricks for hosting cocktail parties is to make ice cubes out of juice so that the drinks don't get watered down as the ice melts. It seems there should be a similar thing for those who like their sodas with ice at LAN parties.
Thursday, October 18th, 2007
6:19 am
[onyxrising]
Knitting
My friend Jael is having a baby. She registered at Walmart. Of course, I shan't be buying anything from walmart.
I was considering doing some hand-knit baby clothes. It's something she'd like. That, and some nice little old ladies taught me to dye designs into the back of knitted objects, so that I need not knit them in with another color of yarn.
I was planning on doing a baby sweater with the transformers logo on the back. Anything else you guys can think of? Cutesy designs can be had anywhere, but transformers or other geekery are unique.
Monday, October 1st, 2007
4:32 am
[onyxrising]
So, once we've tested the projects, shall we do a section linking to the how-to pages for buildings things like Tivos, digital cameras, and mp3 players?
Sunday, September 16th, 2007
7:37 am
[onyxrising]
So, my strawberries intially were really happy to be hydroponic, then mysteriously died.
I'm not sure what I did wrong, but I did discover that PDX has a gardening store dedicated to the more geeky forms of gardening, including hydroponic. I may just get a set up with easy nutrient instructions from them. (I'm actually wondering if I drowned mine in nutrient. I added extra to the water)
Monday, September 10th, 2007
7:15 am
[onyxrising]
So, Sven and I have had long-standing lists of geeky home improvement projects we wish to tackle. You know the type- home made security systems with laser beams, home-made solar panels, etc.
So, I'm counting the hydroponic gardening set up we're trying to build as a geeky home-improvement, because ideally it'll look like something out of Shadowrun when completed. Basically, we have garden space outside, but do not tend to it. That requires stepping away from the computer, out into hot sweaty sun. Not fun. Besides, water cost here is high, and outside it just evaporates. Hydroponics is good for maximum yield of such things as strawberries in winter, when they're expensive.
So anyhow, I set up a very basic hydroponic set up, akin to what I did in school as a kid, primarily with materials from the dollar store. Eventually, we'd like to have a bigger set up to grow other things that are cheaper to do yourself than ship (i.e. tomatoes). Hydroponics, after all, mean now weeding, and we can have plant food and water on a nice timed automated set up.
Eventually, we'd perhaps be trying to grow our own oyster mushrooms and shitake. We also discussed a salt water aquarium, because shrimp are edible and are filter feeders, not to mention there are a few seaweeds from Japanese cooking readily available in aquarium stores.
So, there was my geeky home improvement project. Anyone wish to tackle others or offer suggestions for more?
Monday, July 23rd, 2007
4:33 pm
[quillismightier]
Stale Foods...
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I'm sure we've all gone through the problem of finding a bag of stale chips or whatnot, where you felt really bad about tossing the bag away. On top of my fabrics report for window treatments (which is taking a bit longer than originally planned), I am compiling and testing ideas of what to do with stale foodstuffs that might not need to be tossed away.

Prime example, I have a nancho recipe that I've been using for years to bring life back into stale Doritos or Tostidos type chips. It has been tried on many groups for years and no one knows the truth unless I tell them.

Current Mood: hungry
Saturday, July 7th, 2007
11:39 pm
[quillismightier]
*poke*
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*tap tap tap*

Is this thing on? I'm all for getting back on track with the project. Do we have any suggestions for what is currently needed?
Friday, April 14th, 2006
4:32 pm
[onyxrising]
I'm having a lot of down time at my desk. I am allowed to use pen and paper at this job, unlike when I was telling idiots that their blackberry did, indeed, need a battery to work.
At any rate, what articles need to be written for geekhousekeeper?
Sunday, February 26th, 2006
10:03 pm
[onyxrising]
We have a challenge
True to geek form, I know many of us work in tech support call centers, or similar.
I just recieved an email from a friend, who happens to be a supervisor at one such call center. He's having an etiquette issue with his team. His team presently has the etiquette challenge of a transitioning team member, which is quite common at Porltand call centers. From talking to friends elsewhere, I understand this may be somewhat of an industry thing.
At any rate, he needs a basic etiquette guide to give to his team members, regarding etiquette in a corporate/tech support type setting. It must be able to pass HR's desk. Thoughts?
Saturday, February 11th, 2006
6:22 pm
[onyxrising]
Idea for the Site
I was making a mochi run with Sven today when a thought came up, and I wanted to get a little feedback on it. It had been suggested that we eventually have a very basic how-to-cook section, with the basics, as well as what you should stock your dorm room with, etc. Sven and I feel this would be improved by a host, with occassional pictures. We're thinking cooking segments and articles hosted by a WoW character. Nightshade Blackmoon, or whatever we decided to call her, could demonstrate proper technique for mixing pangalactic gargle blasters, where to shop for basic dorm kitchen supplies, and how to make sushi, as well as basic technique.
Yes, this would involve much parodying of WoW.
Thursday, February 9th, 2006
10:36 pm
[onyxrising]
Working at an office with a high geek population, stories of RPG conventions were bound to come up in the breakroom. One shared a story about a con they were at, in which there was a fundie preacher protesting the wicked, wicked gamers. The resourceful geeks quickly realized two things a) he was at the same hotel they were in b) he wasn't bright enough to properly lock his door. While he was out for the day, they snuck in and stole the curtains, ensuring that he'd have an unavoidable view of the parking lot. When he returned that night, he discovered that he now had a lovely panoramic view-- namely one that contained a group of people in black robes dancing around a whipped cream pentagram, chanting, "Roll the die, die, DIE!"
It seems that those who object to geek lifestyles, whether it's RPGs or other facets, eventually suffer. So, what's all of your favorite stories of revenge on those who objected to some form or another of geekery?
Monday, January 23rd, 2006
8:57 am
[quillismightier]
:: Moving ::
.
There needs to be a section on moving/relocating. With all my 'toys,' this is a nightmare.

Current Mood: distressed
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